I have to agree w/Blu's comments about Susan because I think this episode was meant to show her hypocrisy & weak character. Up to now, she's been on her high horse about being taken seriously as a "journalist." It's been fine because she hasn't done much to counter that image. We've assumed that she's had to fight to be recognized for her talent. But, the flashbacks tell a completely different story. She was exactly like the young blogger, trading on cheap sensationalism to get ahead, not caring about truth or facts and perfectly willing to write filthy - in tone and word usage. It even made her editor sick to read it. And, what a lapse of judgement - sleeping w/her subject's son/campaign manager! Now, story quality won't matter one bit because her objectivity is so thoroughly compromised....CONT'D
@daveyfreeman - Agree completely about the title sequence. I prefer last season's simpler, more sinister version. The voiceover describing the premise of the show seems dated, too. Another positive about "Bad Teeth" - watching Sasha Roiz (Capt. Renard) speak French. LOVE THAT! Wasn't certain about the name of this week's wesen until I realized it was indeed bad teeth, in French (mauvais dentes). LOL! German I have no clue about so I never remember the names of the wesen except for Monroe. But, if you're starting to use plus de francais, tres bien!
Love the casting of MEMastrantonio as Nick's mother! Not only is there a resemblance in their dark eyes & hair. But, she has a great physicality and serious butt-kicking credentials as Marian in ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES, which IIRC set that character during the Crusades. Don't know if the creators intended any sort of tie-in by her casting. But, it's a nice Easter egg to those of us who remember her beating Kevin Costner up onscreen!
CONTINUED FROM BELOW... What do you hope to see most in season two? - Sue Ellen navigating political waters, J.R. teaching dirty tricks to his spawn, & Cliff attempt to butt in & get slapped down...again...while eating Chinese takeout. Dallas returns for Season 2 in January 2013. Will you be watching? - ABSOLUTELY!
What was your favorite scene? - Like Terrie said below, the entire episode was amazing. Not one wasted or superfluous second. Rebecca being Cliff's daughter. Did you see it coming? - Suspected. But, didn't think they would do it. I thought it was farfetched that Cliff would have never shown Christopher a picture of his only child or introduced the cousins to one another. Not even a family Christmas card picture?!?! Elena with Christopher? Elena with John Ross? Who should she choose? - John Ross - she has better chemistry w/him and I really want to see their generation pull together to get Ewing Oil back from Cliff. Vicente or Ryland: Who is more evil and which do you want to see return?Ryland - we need to figure out Anne's secret, & I want to see her hoist a shotgun again. What do you hope to see most in season two? - Sue Ellen navigating political waters, J.R. teaching dirty tricks to his spawn, & Cliff attempt to butt in & get slapped down...again...while eating Chinese takeout. Dallas returns for Season 2 in January 2013. Will you be watching? - ABSOLUTELY!
@Trixee - You bring up another point that puzzles me. Why did Cliff think that getting his hooks into Christopher, by using his daughter, would give him an edge into getting Southfork? There are numerous other Ewings out there that could pop up, like James (J.R.'s older illegitimate son), Lucas Wade Krebbs (Bobby's son by Jenna Wade, but adopted by Ray Krebbs - he should have been at the wedding), and Gary's four kids by Valene. Kind of makes me sad because Cliff was such a good uncle to Christopher on the original show. If he was interested in Chris' energy tech, why didn't Cliff just invest in it when no one else would? As for Southfork, they're tinkering w/history. It was never part of the Jock-Digger feud because it came from Miss Ellie's side of the family. It was the Southworth family ranch that she inherited. Jock & Digger fought over their oil discovery & Miss Ellie; not her ranch.
Cont'd from below...."You can still have drama, comedy & romance without resorting to cheap, sleazy thrills that insult the actors and the audience watching."
I'm surprised that no one gave kudos to Sue Ellen's announcement that she's running for governor. Linda Gray was great in it. The way Sue Ellen's dialogue tied all the action together was so well-structured it heightened the emotion of nearly every scene that followed. Instead of a cliffhanger, the audience was treated to a rocket-fueled preview of next season - Sue Ellen's election, the *next* Barnes/Ewing generation being born in strife, Cliff gunning for Southfork, a murder to be solved, maybe the appearance of Afton Cooper, awesome new offices for Ewing Energies & the love triangle of John Ross/Elena/Christopher succeeding the previous triangle of Jock/Ellie/Digger. Finally, I want to commend the creators of this show for proving that an exciting, well-written nighttime soap can exist & attract viewers without resorting to vulgar language & explicit sex scenes (looking @ you, POLITICAL ANIMALS, which I do enjoy). You can still have drama, comedy & romance without resorting to cheap, sleazy thrills.
BTW, anyone else notice the way they're using the Jock-Ellie-Digger triangle as inspiration for the Christopher-Elena-John Ross triangle? A bit more incestuous perhaps. But, no less epic in how it's going to inspire generations of bad feelings.
Regarding speculation that Chris is Anne's son - I believe the photo that burned had Anne holding a girl, not a boy. I thought the baby had a bow in her hair. Also, it was established on the original series that Chris' parents were Kristin Sheppard (She Who Shot J.R. & Sue Ellen's sister) and her sleazy drug dealing boyfriend. These two stellar characters (sarcasm!) had no qualms about selling their own son on two separate independent occasions. IMO, it would make it pretty interesting for some of Christopher's original DNA to come to the forefront in spite of Bobby's good parenting.
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